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Cultural Learning at the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Competition

I have received complimentary tickets in exchange for sharing this information.

It has become a tradition on Labor Day in Utah to welcome the world's premiere sheepdogs and their shepherds in Midway for the Soldier Hollow Classic, a sheepdog competition. If you haven't gone, this should be the year you give it a try. My family went when it was just a fledgling festival and were impressed then. All these years later it's turned into a full weekend of family festivities. And there are PLENTY of opportunities to turn the outing into an educational adventure.

First, of course, is the sheep herding, including 41 sheepherders from 6 different countries...

But there is SO much more! Our family favorite are the Splashdog Competitions...

Big and small dogs alike have fun stretching their best to be farthest in the splash pool. You can even enter your own spunky pet (click here for details)

Other dog events include a "flying" dog show and a puppy agility competition.

As for the educational activities, think of how you can turn any of these into a pertinent homeschool lesson:
  • Utah State Highland Games Championships (9 competitions with roots in Scottish and Celtic history)
  • Bee Keeping Demonstrations
  • Information on Backyard farming, gardening, and canning
  • Weaving, Wool Spinning,  & Sheepdog training demonstrations
  • Earthwings Raptor Show
  • Wild Wonders Animal Show
  • Bagpipe Perfomances
  • Greek, Basque, Canadian, Mexican, and Hawaiian Foodstands
  • A children's area full of coloring, activities, and a chance to milk a makeshift cow.
My family will be attending the Soldier Hollow Classic again this year and I'm looking forward to all of the added events that weren't there back when they first got started. Would your family like to attend? Here are two great options:

Purchase Tickets
$13.99/adult, $8.99/child (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Family Pass $46.99 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
$16.99/adult, $9.99/child (Monday)
Family Pass $53.99 (Monday)

Enter To Win Tickets
I have joined travel blog A Local Wander to giveaway 4 Soldier Hollow Classic tickets!

We'll see you this weekend in Midway!
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